Assets uncovered in Gayndah
HORSE RACING: Toowoomba gelding Hidden Assets came saw and conquered in the Golden Orange Hotel/Motel Open Handicap, the feature event on Saturday's Gayndah Jockey Club meeting.
Paying $5 in a wide open betting race, the seven-year-old, which is trained by Michael Jeynes, was aided by a 2kg allowance for apprentice Shane Arnold.
He proved too strong over the tough 1400m course, winning by a length and a half from Dalby veteran Burmak ($4.60), with Gympie gelding It's Wunderbar ($4) a further half-length award in third place.
It was just Hidden Assets' seventh win in 53 starts but he took his career earnings to a hefty $118,685.
He provided the second leg of a double for Arnold, who had taken out the Class 1 earlier in the afternoon aboard Naval Action, which is trained on the Sunshine Coast by Phil Stanford.
Burmak's trainer Shane Burns received some consolation when he was victorious in the following event, the Class B, with favourite Hey Frisco ($2.50), which was well ridden by Shannon Apthorpe.
Bundaberg trainer Laurie Gough was also among the winners with favourite Make a Deal ($2.30) in the maiden, with the impressive three-year-old, which had been placed at five of his first eight starts, romping home seven lengths clear of runner-up Footrot Flats.
The other event on the program, the Class 4, was also won by the favourite Sargasso ($2), with Lyle Finlay in the saddle for Sunshine Coast trainer Trevor Thomas.